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Watch & Learn: CLAYMORE #24

True friends cut their friends' heads off.

I couldn't find any good screencaps of this episode, so I turned to the manga. But hey - - those half-tones LOOK like snow at least.
I couldn't find any good screencaps of this episode, so I turned to the manga. But hey - - those half-tones LOOK like snow at least.

When you get down to it, true friendship is measured by the willingness to cut a pal’s head off for her.

There are only two episodes left in this show and I’m bracing myself for a lot of my questions to be left unfulfilled. There’s a tall order of matters to resolve, and I know there’s no way they can be covered in the amount of time remaining. Without calling it “filler” the way so many fans do, I’ll still say that the pacing of this latest crop of episodes has felt noticeable more leisurely (we’ve just capped off two arcs in the tundra that might as well have been labeled as one five-episode arc.) Bearing that in mind, I suppose we’ll find out whether or not it’s possible to properly hedge expectations and avoid disappointment and frustration when you know they’re around the corner. In a way, it’s just like a Claymore knowing that she’ll one day awaken and turn into the thing she hates so much.

Just like it.

Something I have inferred (and something I’m sure won’t be adequately addressed) is the attitudes of the Claymores (and have maybe of the Organization, too) have progressed it the years since Priscilla turned. The fact they’ve apparently kept her transformation a secret would be one clue, but the other Claymores also generally seem to be a little more reluctant to execute awakening comrades than they were in Teresa’s day. It seems to be a gradual shift from strict adherence to the letter of the law to a more situational enforcement of the spirit of the law.

Or maybe I’m just projecting too much into the gaps between the broad strokes of the plot?

Some of you lunatics said that the manga offered an actual explanation for why Raki is so “irresistible to the lay-dez” and I’m starting to suspect that he might actually some kind of latent power for counteracting awakenings. It just seems significant that Priscilla would "go monster" as soon as he's separated himself from her. Maybe he's not as useless as he looks and proclaims to be?

Watch these episodes “Critical Point (Part 2)” below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

Lurkeroon Sept. 11, 2011 at 10:59 p.m.
I never read the manga, but I think the anime knew it was going to end much sooner and stretched out the final part of the arc in order to avoid covering more manga material that wouldn't fit in a 26 episode series.
Turambaron Sept. 11, 2011 at 11:22 p.m.

@Lurkero: IIRC, during its original release, the anime ended during the break period of the time skip, so it probably did lack any further source material.

sotyfan16on Sept. 12, 2011 at 12:47 a.m.
You're off a bit on Raki , Tom. From what I remember from the manga (I need to go back and catch up on reading it), it's not that he is special in any way. He just goes from being pathetic to being cool and strong (after the time skip).
metalsnakezeroon Sept. 12, 2011 at 5:20 a.m.
Raki isn't anything special just later on in the series he becomes a strong man that is able to fight Yomas just out of pure skill. 
Also I think you're misusing "Filler" here isn't stuff is happening in the plot. Fillers are where episodes just takes up time without moving the plot in anyway.
Turambaron Sept. 12, 2011 at 7:14 a.m.

@metalsnakezero: @sotyfan16:

I think he's pointing to people's veiled mentioning of how Priscilla is attracted to Raki 7 years later specifically because he smells like Claire.
No_name_here staff on Sept. 12, 2011 at 11:12 a.m.

@Lurkero said:

I never read the manga, but I think the anime knew it was going to end much sooner and stretched out the final part of the arc in order to avoid covering more manga material that wouldn't fit in a 26 episode series.

That sounds about right.

No_name_here staff on Sept. 12, 2011 at 11:13 a.m.

@sotyfan16 said:

You're off a bit on Raki , Tom. From what I remember from the manga (I need to go back and catch up on reading it), it's not that he is special in any way. He just goes from being pathetic to being cool and strong (after the time skip).

He's not special in any way? You're so superficial, man. He's a special, precious flower!

EganTheVile1on Sept. 12, 2011 at 8:48 p.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk
You may not get all your questions answered in the last episode Tom, BUT you will get to witness one of the absolute whiniest speeches in the history of anime, courtesy of Raki of course

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